THREE BASSWOOD HEROES FELL
ON SAME DAY AT VIMY RIDGE
These three men enlisted at the same time and went overseas together;
were transferred to the Grenadiers after getting to France, and were all
killed on April 9 at Vimy Ridge. They are the first to pay the supreme
sacrifice from Basswood district.
Pte. Matheson enlisted with Col. Hansford’s battalion and went overseas
in October, 1916. He was killed on Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. He was
born and raised in Fairmount district, and prior to enlisting was a grain
buyer at Basswood for a few years. He leaves an aged father, two brothers
and three sisters. He was in his 37th year.
Pte. Cassidy also enlisted in Col. Hansford’s battalion, and went overseas
in October, 1917. Before enlisting he lived at Basswood, where he leaves his
father, mother and two sisters. He was in his 23rd year.
Pte. Richardson was in the same battalion. He spent all his life in
Fairmount district, and was 21 years old. He leaves father, mother, two
brothers and five sisters to mourn his loss.